In-Demand: Action Adventure
As part of our efforts to help buyers find the best content to fill their slates, TV Kids is spotlighting new children's programs throughout the month of June in this series of weekly genre reports. This week, we're highlighting hot properties in action adventure: ZDF Enterprises' Buck, Australian Children's Television Foundation's Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors?, Zodiak Kids' Lost in Oz and Mondo TV Group's MeteoHeroes.
Produced By: VRT, Zodiak Belgium
Rights Available: ZDF Enterprises holds international distribution rights.
Description: When a space commander from a video game turns up alive and kicking in the bedroom of a shy teenager, they turn to each other to survive in the real world. The target demo for this 32x15-minute action-adventure dramedy series is kids aged 9 to 12.
Pitch Perfect: Don’t we all sometimes dream of escaping reality and living in a different world and time? In this series, this becomes reality for insecure adolescent Elias. When his favorite hero, a space commander from a video game, suddenly turns up alive, they join forces to survive in the real world. In this coming-of-age story, we follow Elias’s transformation into a confident adolescent, who dares to be who he wants to be: someone who stands up to the school bully, someone who doesn’t just let people push in front of him in the checkout queue, someone who isn’t too timid to reveal his feelings to the girl of his dreams.
Sales Contact: Peter Lang, VP, ZDFE.junior.
Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors?
Commissioned By: ABC for ABC ME
Produced By: Flying Kite Pictures, Sticky Pictures
Rights Available: All international rights available from Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
Description: A 10x24-minute live-action adventure series. This fun and immersive living history series pits the skills of today’s kids against the exploits of children from Australia’s past, to find out how they measure up.
Pitch Perfect: Fun and fast paced, the series takes today's kids on a wild ride back through time, where they learn as much about themselves as they do about history. Drawing from our rich indigenous and multicultural heritage, the series challenges stereotypes and allows our kids to experience the past in ways they never imagined. They wrestle with disgusting chores, master mind-bending challenges and perform incredible feats of ingenuity as they get down and dirty walking a mile in the shoes of our ancestors. At the end of each episode we find out whether they were up to the task—and what they discover might just surprise us all!
Sales Contacts: Roberta Di Vito, International Sales Manager; Tim Hegarty, International Sales Manager.
Lost in Oz
Commissioned By: Amazon Prime Video
Produced By: Amazon Studios
Rights Available: International sales are handled by Zodiak Kids. Pay-TV and free-TV rights and VOD rights alongside linear ones are available in several countries with various dubbed versions accessible.
Description: Ideal for children aged 6 to 13 and perfect for family viewing, this 26x30-minute animated action-adventure series will make viewers travel to magical worlds!
Pitch Perfect: Based on the classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, this multi-award-winning series is a contemporary reimagining of an extraordinary universe. Twelve-year-old Dorothy Gale discovers her mother’s magical travel journal from Oz hidden beneath the floorboards of their Kansas home. When her insatiable curiosity gets the best of her, Dorothy activates the book, triggers a tornado, rips her house from its foundation, and whisks herself and her clever dog Toto to the mysterious and wonderful Emerald City. Dorothy and Toto need to collect enough magic in Emerald City to launch a return twister back to Kansas, but quickly learn that Oz is in the middle of the worst magic shortage in years.
Slot Winner: The series has sold to Discovery Kids (LatAm), Télé-Québec (Canada), ABC (Australia), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland), SIC (Portugal), MBC (Middle East), Disney (GAS & Russia), France Télévisions (France), EBS (South Korea), PTS (Taiwan), Global TV (Indonesia) and TVP (Poland).
Sales Contacts: Julia Rowlands (U.K., Ireland, German-speaking territories, CEE, Australia, New Zealand); Cecile Cau (Spanish- & Portuguese-speaking territories, Italy, Scandinavia, Middle East, Africa); Delphine Dumont (French-speaking territories, North America, China); Diane Bernier (Asia).
Produced By: Mondo TV Group, MOPI—Meteo Expert
Rights Available: All rights available from Mondo TV Group.
Description: The amazing adventures of six kids who use their superpowers to protect the planet from extreme weather events and pollution. The adventure-comedy show is targeted at upper preschoolers (4 to 7). Season one, produced in 2D HD, consists of 52 7-minute episodes.
Pitch Perfect: An international and diverse lineup of characters, great storylines based on the amazing science behind real weather events, comedy, adventure and a message of hope for today’s kids—that they can make a difference in the fight against pollution and climate change—make MeteoHeroes a show unlike any other.
Slot Winner: Worldwide premiere on Cartoonito Italy as part of the channel’s Earth Day campaign Save The Planet, Be A Hero. MeteoHeroes' digital channels reached over 10,000 impressions and 1,000 interactions on Facebook and Instagram on Earth Day alone. RSI in Switzerland is also on board. Additional partners across EMEA and North America to be announced soon.
Sales Contact: Luana Perrero, Head, Content Sales.
Up Next: In-Demand: Live Action
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